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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The rest of what Ilya Bryzgalov said

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Ilya Bryzgalov (nhl.ru photo)

By now, more than a few people have read the quote by Ilya Bryzgalov of the Anaheim Ducks, from an interview that ran in Soviet Sport last Friday. The quote-- to the effect of, "I got a call from the club and they told me that they see me as their number one goaltender. They also want to trade Giguere but no one wants him"-- was almost immediately picked up by Reuters, TSN, and just about everywhere else. I myself had transcribed Bryzgalov's words a bit more gently, to read: "They very much want to trade Giguere, but as of yet have found no takers"; not that it matters, I guess, and by the time I got around to the story anyway, the shitstorm had already started.

Bryzgalov has been in Moscow all week, where he has been running a training school for beginning goaltenders at the Central Army team's arena, and so he had the time to give more than one interview to Soviet Sport (including an earlier one, from the previous Tuesday). Once again, Bryzgalov spent a good amount of time talking about the ancient philosophers (Socrates, Aristotle, Plato) that he enjoys studying, as well as a wide variety of other topics:

On leaving to play in North America early in his career: "I left for the States when I was 20, and I don't regret it. For example, Semem Varlamov (the first Russian picked in this year's draft)-- if he stays in Russia, he will learn nothing. It's necessary for a goaltender to play in North America in order to learn his craft. If Varlamov wants to develop, and not stay in one place, he will have to leave."

About soccer football and the World Cup: "There's too much writhing about. As soon as they catch their feet, they start to howl enough for the whole stadium to hear, and then fall into a dead faint. But then they jump up and start running again, as if nothing is wrong. It's disgusting."

On which country raises the best goaltenders: "The Finns are very strong. It's evident that they train them very well. It's necessary to work, and work some more! Why does Canada have so many first-class goaltenders? How come their back-up goaltenders from the minors come over to Russia and excel against us? Because they're at a higher level than our best. This is reality! In Canada, they practice until it becomes habit, how to deflect as well as catch the puck. This doesn't happen in Russia."

On the difference in economics between the NHL and Russia: "Hockey in Russian is an unprofitable sport. To pay out excessive salaries, while taking in very little at the box office, is nonsense. The clubs survive because of their sponsors. It's not possible to sell tickets for $50, like they do in the NHL; the stadiums would be half empty."

About a comment that he made earlier in his career about Americans being "two-faced": "I will not back down from those words. In a similar way, they smile as they look you in the eye, while behind your back they talk filth." (In fairness, Bryzgalov also said recently that not all Americans are alike, just as not all Russians are alike.)

On what he liked most about the Olympics: "Бесплатный Макдоналдс (Free McDonald's)."

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